After the success of Savant’s OS X-based home automation platform, it was only a matter of time before someone wised up and created an advanced control platform to appeal to the Android market. The new TiO (Turn it On) platfrom from Automated Control Technology Partners, announced today, sounds like exactly that—an easy-to-install, easy-to-use, more affordable home control system that relies on Android devices instead of dedicated controllers.
Details are a little light still, since the product doesn’t launch until July and specific product announcements won’t be made until June, but what we do know is this: it’s not a DIY affair. The system will require the services of a professional installer, and customized programming for each system will be done on an Android tablet, not on a computer, as is typical of most control systems.
According to the company, TiO also benefits from an “outside in” design philosophy, with the goal of “adapt[ing] to the customer instead of asking the customer to adapt to the system” and “perfectly and effortlessly match[ing] the mood of a homeowner and offer relaxing and comforting experiences in the home.”
I have no idea what any of that actually means, but I’m intrigued, to say the least.
Pricing details are also vague, but again, intriguing:
In addition to ease of setup, TiO systems will also offer professional integrators the luxury of specifying systems based on a nearly flat system pricing structure [emphasis mine]—a benefit that sets it apart from other home automation systems. Integrators can easily scale and upgrade systems, adding any combination of elements, to meet their customer’s needs.
We’ll know a little more about TiO when it makes its official debut at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, between June 12 and 14.